Australia — Four days after his brother Cameron won the Australian Time Trial National Championship, 20-year-old Travis Meyer pulled off an incredible win in the Men's Australian Road Championship to give the Garmin-Transitions team not just one, but two 2010 Aussie National Champs.
The Meyer brothers’ feat marks a sizzling start to the 2010 season for the Felt-sponsored Garmin-Transitions team. Travis broke away on the final lap of Sunday's 163-kilometer men’s road race, and with the help of his teammates he stayed away until the finish. Incredibly, it was his first professional race.
“To win the road race after [my brother] Cam’s just won the time trial, to have two national champions in the same team and in the same family, it is just unbelievable,” Meyer told CyclingNews.com after the race.
The Garmin-Transitions squad came into the race intent on taking the jersey, and the team played the tactical game to perfection. Travis joined an early break that surprised everybody by going the distance. Over the course of the race, the break was whittled down from 15 to four on the final lap, when Meyer made his move. He survived the heat and the final climb up Buninyong to hold off second-place finisher David Kemp by 31 seconds.
It was Meyer’s first ever Australian National Championship.
Australian Road and Time Trial Championship
Elite Men’s Road Race
1. Travis Meyer, 4:26:31
2. David Kemp, at 0:31
3. Damien Turner, at 1:08
4. Rusen Van Hout, at 1:43
5. Hayden Brooks, at 3:14